Labour frontbench members meet British Steel workers in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 May 2018

Members of the Labour Party's frontbench discussed challenges facing the steel sector on a visit to British Steel's Scunthorpe works.

The visit saw Shadow Steel Minister Gill Furniss, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long Bailey and Shadow Wales Secretary Christina Rees meet with management and trade union representatives at the works.

They discussed challenges such as the steel sector deal and recent tariffs during the visit, which formed part of a nationwide steel tour and was also attended by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin and local Labour representatives.

Ms Furniss said: "Our steel industry is of vital importance to communities across the UK – but the Tory Government’s inaction shows that they just don’t understand how crucial it is.

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"Time and time again, the Tories have shown complacency toward the sector and its workers, whether it be their failure to stand up to the looming steel tariffs or refusing to respond to the steel sector deal.

"The Labour Party has and always will support our steel sector. We will create a level playing field so it can continue to compete and thrive globally and take advantage of the opportunities on offer."

Ms Long Bailey said: "It is a real pleasure to visit the steelworks here in Scunthorpe to meet with workers and the union.

"The steel sector is a key British industry that has faced some real challenges in the last few years. Under the Tories, the steel industry and its workers have not been properly supported.

"Labour will continue to stand up for our steel industry and the families and communities it supports across the nation."

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Mr Dakin said: "As always, it was fantastic to have the Shadow Business Secretary, Shadow Welsh Secretary and Shadow Steel Minister in Scunthorpe to see the brilliant workforce of British Steel.

"This should act as a big reminder for the Government that it needs to do all it can to support the steel industry and give it the investment that it needs."

British Steel deputy chief executive Paul Martin said: "It was a pleasure to welcome Gill Furniss and her colleagues to our Scunthorpe site and showcase our business.

"We continue to have positive and constructive relationships with Government about our industry."

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